Install Windows 10 on Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac

Guest blog from support team member: Gunasekaran Udayakumar

Have you just installed Parallels Desktop for Mac and need to set up your first virtual machine? Odds are you’re looking for the latest version of Windows, right? Here are the instructions on how to install Windows 10 on Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac!

Parallels Desktop has been updated to version 13. Read How to Get Windows 10 on Mac with Parallels Desktop if you use Parallels Desktop 13 for Mac.

Get Windows 10 from Microsoft and/or download Windows 10 .iso image from Parallels VM wizard

First, you need to have the installation image and product key for your Window 10. Visit this link to find out all the details on where and how to purchase it.

Already have a Windows key? Download Windows from Parallels VM wizard:

Install Windows 10 on Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac

Installing Windows 

Step 1:

Start Parallels Desktop and click Install Windows or another OS from DVD or image file, then click Continue.

Step 2:

Parallels wizard will detect the installation media automatically.

Step 3 :

Enter your Windows product key and leave Express installation selected

Step 4 :

Choose your VM profile accordingly for better performance.

Step 5:

Specify a name (and change location if needed) for Windows 10 on your Mac. If you want the other user accounts on your Mac to have access to this installation of Windows, select “Share with other users of this Mac”.

Step 6 :

Start the installation and relax. Windows will automatically restart and Parallels Tools will automatically be installed on the first start.

Install Windows 10 on Parallels Desktop 11 for Mac

That’s it! Easy peasy, right?! Enjoy using Windows 10 on your Mac!

Also, here is a few alternative methods for creating Windows 10 virtual machine using Parallels Desktop:

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